nothing Definition

  • 1not anything; no single thing
  • 2something of no importance or concern
  • 3a person of no importance or significance

Using nothing: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "nothing" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    There's nothing in the fridge.

  • Example

    I have nothing to say.

  • Example

    He is nothing but a liar.

  • Example

    The meeting was nothing special.

nothing Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for nothing

Antonyms for nothing

Idioms Using nothing

  • be unimportant or insignificant to someone


    His opinion is nothing to me.

  • fail to understand or interpret something correctly


    I made nothing of his strange behavior at the time.

  • if you don't take risks, you can't expect to achieve anything


    I decided to apply for the job even though I didn't meet all the requirements. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Phrases with nothing

  • without payment or recompense


    I'll do it for nothing.

  • used to indicate that one will not agree to what has been suggested


    Can you lend me some money? - Nothing doing!

  • not particularly good or noteworthy


    The movie was okay, but nothing to write home about.

Origins of nothing

from Old English 'nān þing', meaning 'no thing'


Summary: nothing in Brief

The term 'nothing' [ˈnʌθɪŋ] refers to the absence of anything or anyone, and can also denote something of no importance or significance. It is used as both a pronoun and a noun, as in 'There's nothing in the fridge.' 'Nothing' extends into phrases like 'nothing doing,' and idioms like 'nothing ventured, nothing gained,' denoting the need for risk-taking.

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